Monthly Archives: May 2016

Our life in Buenos Aires

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So here are a few photos of our lifestyle in Buenos Aires…we are all having a blast from dare nights to Saturdays at the mesuem and ohhhh….the tiny little walmart experience.

Enjoy

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Yeap that’s walmart alright…it was so small we walked the whole store in less than 60 seconds. …

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Saturday visit to the science museum in Buenos Aires

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Pictures before our date night

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My funny husband…

With love from the Manns clan

Argentina Exploration Continues. ….

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Kooza night in BA

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Some of the perks in travelling is being able to catch shows that you may not not get to see in your country of origin like mine Ghana…

Yesterday as we are doing our intense spanish lesson our spanish teacher who is amazing mentioned to us that she 6 tickets to see the show Kooza cirque du soleil. ..

So we decided hey why not do that since it’s a holiday in  BA anyways.

So in the evening we made our way to the location and it was a jaw dropping show for sure…watching my 6yr old look so amazed by what the people are doing on stage.

Here are a few pictures

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Tickets to the show

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And we made it

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The grounds

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In our seats…

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The show is on

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It was colorful and an amazing event

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We loved the show

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Family

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Father and son moment

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This character was funny

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The Kooza  family

Great show and a memorable night…

Argentina Exploration Continues….

A Sneak Peak of The City

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So every country has its perks and in the City of Buenos Aires the perks are in the form of the beautiful acient buildings that each tells a beautiful story from the past.

Also in each country we appreciate what that country offers and one of them is the free walking tour. Across the globe there is a company or I should a group of dedicated people who are willing to show you their country and after the tour yoy basically put a value on the tour and tip them.

Now Buenos Aries is pretty cold this time of the year so taking a free walking tour can be a little challenging especially when you just coming from Brazil in the hot times.  But we made it and it was worth the walk with just a few of us turning blue…lol!!!

Here are a few pictures of the city of Buenos Aires….

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Standing in front of the union of Congress building…the picture did not show the magnificence of this building…

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That is the building to marvel about…

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Lovely

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Beautiful one

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The thinking Man…only 4 in the whole world and the only one in south America

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The oldest cafe in aregntina

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Now you know the city loves it’s structure when they have this as street lights..

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Now sure about this one

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In the city

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Right in the city

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I love this building

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They have a replica of the ngwazu falls in the middle of the city….got to love the Argentines

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Not at the falls yet…

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Large structures

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What does this remind you of…

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The oldest building in argentina

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Imagine this building around you each day

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My little man

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Winter mode

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She is loving it all

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A lovely tree…

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We are all in it together…got one for myself and my 4 daughter….

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My little global traveler

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Such a lovely building

Well that’s all I could take since I was super cold….

Check out free walking tour world wide and experience each city in the eyes of the tour guides. You will love it.

Argentina Exploration Continues…

The Ups and Down of Countries

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So if you have read my blog you will see that Brazil was tough for me especially since we had the language issues and also my experience with the post office team. Well that went all away when I made great friends that made all seem like it was worth the wait to make amazing friends.

Well in Argentina it’s very differnt since there is no wait and not much I can do…lol!!!

The dog shit on the side walks are outrageous stinky….my goodness…every step you take there is a potential of you stepping in a fresh dog shit…lol! And it smells awful. Their law of picking up after your dog poop is not enforced or practiced like Rio.

So if you do decide to visit Argentina just be mindful where you step because  if you step in any of this poops you will be cleaning for months just to get the smell off you. It’s so bad my 13yr old decided to write in her business letter for school, she wrote to the road and transportation department  here to talk about ways to enforce the law of picking up after your dog on the street.

Now that we are done talking about dog poop…let’s talk about people…the Argentines are really nice people and willing to help lost people like me and my family. So I say thanks for that….

Now let me tell you about the other people that am not sure if they are Argentines  (they actually are ) the taxi drivers…oh they are like silent killers…slowly draining every pesos out of you before you exit their taxi.
I took a taxi one time going from a mall that is about 10min from my house…..and with the meter on, the taxi took me around circles for at least 1hour…I saw the same buildings at least 3 times and a bill that would have cost me $4 ended up costing me $19 after he dropped me home. Oh I was furious and asked him why are we going circles and of course at this point he acted like he did not even understand any english…lol!!
It’s so bad that they will go that extreme just to make money that they don’t deserve.

So now I am all about Uber which is what I take anyways until I can’t get uber. But uber just started 3 months ago here so the taxis don’t like them and are messing up uber drivers car if you come to pick up someone around a place filled with taxi drivers. But am really all for uber.

Anyways I guess over all the dog poop is the only one I can’t seem to avoid….lol!!!!

But we do love Argentina and the Argentines

Argentina Exploration Continues…..

A beautiful City

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Buenos Aries is such a beautiful city filled with so many restaurants and the people here are super nice and helpful….but Lord the taxi drivers are crooks….lol!!! They will take you all around the city of Buenos Aires just to bring you back to a place that is just 5min drive from your location.
Thank God for uber. I and my kids feel a little less duped.

But the people here are so helpful and excited to know that we are from Ghana. Technically the Argentines are also Americans so being from America does not offer any perks but being from Ghana west africa seem to make them smile and ask how Ghana is. If it hot or cold.

So we have been here for exactly 7days. It’s cold but it’s so beautiful with all the leaves fallen.

We have yet to do the things that Argentina has to offer for tourist. So soon we will do that.

In each city we look up for the famous free walking tour and we join in to learn about the cultures in each country. So in Buenos Aires we plan to do that next week.

Here are a few pictures of the most visit city in south America buenos Aries.

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Well am told when in Rome you  you do what the Romans do…grilling all the way

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My sue chef…

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Date with my son

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At the Alto Palermo mall

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Just some pictures

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Fashion moment

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My kidos are growing up

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She is rocking a dress with leggings

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Sibling love

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This are what they wear here…

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I loved those. ..

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A dinner date with my oldest…

Lovely city with lovely people…

Argentina Exploration Continues…

Our First Impression Buenos Aries

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So our first impression for Buenos Aries is that people are super nice and so welcoming. And some of them are funny actually.

Now we are staying in an area called Palermo Hollywood. And it’s really a lovely place to live but men do I get lost every time I walk out of my apartment….lol!!!

The buildings and streets all look the same. And the street names are not as visible for us to see just  like Ghana we can use kiosk and buildings to identify our way home.

Overall I really am enjoying Buenos Aries and I think the whole Manns clan is loving it too.

But hey if you plan on coming this way around May, June and July then be prepared to bring some jacked because it’s super cold down here.

Today the whole family went walking and here are a few pictures we took from a bridge.

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Argentina Exploration Begins

Our Arrival in Buenos Aires

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So it’s May 7th 2016 and the Manns clan as arrived safely into Buenos Aries. Our first impression was…”ok it’s a bit cold but we can work with it”

All our tank tops from HOT Rio de Janeiro is tucked back in our suitcases and our jeans and socks and sneakers are out. Thanks to our friends in Rio who gave us winter coats we are well on our way to staying warm.

We have a beautiful apartment with awesome host as they take us around the night we arrive to show us all the cool places around our apartment.

And as we always get a warm welcome in most countries in Buenos Aires 1 min away from our apartment was this huge international food event and they had about 50,000 people at the event with famous chefs and just food sampling. It was really a nice treat for us the next day as we walked through the event.

Here are a few pictures

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Our arrival at the airport in Buenos Aires

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In flight Emirates

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Waiting for our Van to scoop us up…kiss from the head of the Manns clan

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At the international food event in Buenos Aires

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She is keeping warm….our 13yr old.

And the Argentines are very friendly and so nice.

Argentina Exploration Continues

Hiking Dois Irmãos Mountain

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What an experience especially to do this with our kids…Super fun but hmm very tiring. At least for me since after we got up the mountain my 6yr old son asked “mommy when are we going to hike the mountain since this one is just a walk”…. as am trying to catch my little breath I have left.

Well am happy we made it since it was really rewarding getting to see the view.

If  you are visiting rio and enjoys nature and wants to do the ..Dois Irmaos hike.. then its open to enjoy everyday around 10:30 am that’s because if you go earlier the road leading up there is closed.

Address – Avenida Niemeyer 210 ..the Entrance to Vidigal …

behind the entrance there is a public van and you will take that to  …Campo de futebol …the public van/tro tro cost 2.50 real per person..

after you get to the football field entrance you cross to the other side of the field and there is another entrance/gate that starts the hike…

just follow the trail after about 10-15 minutes you will get to the first view point..after a bit longer you get to the second view point
…after another 15 minutes of walking you will come to a junction where you will go left and to the top of dois irmaos…

after you spend as much time as you want up there you  will just hike down.. cross the field.. take a van/tro tro to the Vidigal entrance … and all done you have seen all the rio made of at the top of about 1748 feet high. Hope you enjoy it as much as my family did .

Here are a few pictures of the family

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That’s the top….

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Marcus just loving the view

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Father and son memories

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Dangling their feet off the edge… this kids are definitely their daddy’s genes…not mine…lol!!!

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He is loving it to the max

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Yeap that’s me I tried the edge thing….lol

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Its really cool

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One love to the universe

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She was scared but still did it anyways….

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Ok that’s suppose to a push up moment at the edge….lol

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Let’s meditate love

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Take a rest

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Just us

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I get a kiss at the top….

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We spotted this human money ….lol…Marcus climbed all trees like a little kid

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On our way back

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With our oldest….

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Starting the hike…

We really truly had a great time…we did this hike less than 24 hours before we exit Rio to Argentina.

Brazil Exploration comes to an end…with love and gratitude

Our Farm Experience

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With all our travels we try to enjoy each country and make it memorable.

And one of the ways we make it memorable is by making LLF’S  (Life Long Friends ) yes we make friends and we make sure to create memories with them before we leave their country.

Last weekend we got the opportunity to experience a true farm life.
Our friend Waleska and her family invited us to spend the weekend on their beautiful farm in Maniz-gerize  (I probably got the spelling wrong) but it’s about 6 hours drive south of Brazil.

We spent the whole weekend on the farm and with our super amazing host we really had a great time.
We are truly grateful that we get to have this experience with our friends.

Here are a few pictures of our farm experience

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What an awesome view

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Yeap we are farm girls

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Our son even starting washing the cars around there…

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Time for fresh salad for lunch

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It’s fun to ride a horse…Farm life

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Welcome

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Little girls best friend

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The smile

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Time to milk some cows

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She is a true farm girl

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Canned fruits from another farm near by

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A little fun with the baby cow..

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A little fishing for lunch…

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Our lovely host and amazing Dentist

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Fishing thrill

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Beautiful

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The coffee bean on the farm…it’s a coffee and milk farm…

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This is a drink from a fruit that you can only find in brazil…guarana. ..it taste just like sprite with a twist.

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Amazing views

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Let’s grab some banana while taking a tour around the farm

Such an amazing experience for me and the kids on the farm.

Loved every bit of it.

Brazil Exploration Continues…. almost coming to an End..stay tuned for our next country coming up in 5 days from today…May 3rd 2016.